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This conference paper was originally published as Bartlett, C, Facilitating online interaction using community building strategies, Proceedings of the Emerging Technologies Conference, University of Wollongong, 18-21 June 2008.


Online learning communities provide a solution to the lack of opportunities for teacher and peer interaction and engagement when students study remotely. However, creating the intangible essences that make online learning communities effective, such as a sense of connectedness and a feeling of belonging, can be challenging. This paper describes a pilot online learning community to demonstrate the effectiveness of carefully facilitated activities during each stage of implementation. Student responses support claims of increased interaction while unit completion rates present a strong case for the merits of designing and facilitating online learning using a community building approach.